Intro to Thangka Painting & Drawing the Face of the Buddha: Workshop with Carmen Mensink

Northeast USA  

October 23, 2012
6:00 pmto9:00 pm

Thangka painter Carmen Mensink will lead a presentation introducing thangka painting, as well as hands-on experience drawing the face of the Buddha according to the Tibetan tradition. Suitable for experienced and novice artists, we will work with drawing as a joyful meditation practice — as Carmen says, “the ideal combination of practicing art and Buddhismat the same time.”

The painting of thangkas in Tibet was a highly developed and important means of expression, through which the complete Buddhist philosophy could be explained. And it still has this function; thangkas are used in monasteries and placed on altars to support Buddhist practice and meditation. The Chinese invasion in the 1950s and the destruction of a lot of monasteries and old Tibetan traditions makes it even more important to keep this beautiful tradition pure and alive.

Students are required to bring the following materials: 18” ruler, HB pencils (preferably mechanical pencils), a hard eraser, and a soft kneadable grey eraser.

Space in Member’s Building: 42nd Street, between 9th and 10th Avenue; details announced once registration is complete.


Date and Time:
Tuesday, October 23, from 6-9 pm


Suggested Donation:
$35 Advanced registration is required; you may pay online or at the door.


Registration: To register, please click here.


About the Teacher:
Carmen Mensink was born in the Netherlands (1972, Zwolle) and graduated in 1995 as graphic designer at the Academy of Arts in Kampen. After this she completed a specialization in Typography at The Hague Royal Academy of Arts in 1996. After that she worked many years in design and advertising.

After she became a practitioner of Tibetan Buddhism, Carmen met her thangka teacher in 1999, the famous Andy Weber, got hooked by the ancient tradition and craft of tibetan thangka painting, and began her long study with him. Years later Andy asked her to start teaching.

Carmen, who is a member of our sister FPMT Center in Amsterdam, lives in the Netherlands and teaches thangka courses in Europe, as well as thangka classes in the United States.


Presented by Shantideva Meditation Center
Shantideva Meditation Center is dedicated to developing the good heart by cultivating wisdom and compassion through the study and practice of Tibetan Buddhism within the New York City area community.

We are affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition (FPMT), which is based on the Gelugpa tradition of Lama Tsongkhapa of Tibet as taught by its founder, Lama Thubten Yeshe, and spiritual director, Lama Zopa Rinpoche. For more information, please e-mail Shantideva Meditation or visit our website. To learn more about the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, go to FPMT.